When it comes to preventing varicose veins, the statement “you are what you eat” has never been more true! The diet that you keep can have a very significant affect on your ability to maintain varicose vein-free legs. Fortunately enough, we know the secret to eating your way to good vascular health, and we’re willing to share it with you!
- Keep your net calorie count low. The golden rule of dieting is to regulate your calorie intake, but don’t forget to account for exercise as well. Remember that If you’re eating 2,500 calories a day, but burning 500, your net count will only be 2,000. Balancing fitness with a healthy diet can help you lower your total calorie count, which helps burn fat and relieve pressure in your legs.
- Get your daily dose of vitamin C. Not only does vitamin C help boost your immune system and keep you feeling fabulous, but it promotes collagen and elastin creation which help you look great as well! When your body is producing these at a consistent rate, it helps keep your skin and veins strong, and tight. Vitamin C is also known for it’s ability to boost circulation, and it’s effects are maximized when consumed in conjunction with vitamin E.
- Balance fibrous foods with hydration. Maintaining a diet that’s high in fiber is important, as soluble fibers help to keep your digestive system running smoothly. This means you’ll be able to make easier bowel movements, and avoid straining which puts pressure on your veins. However, in order for fibrous foods to do their job, you must also make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water. Failing to do so can have an adverse effect on your digestive tract.
Do you have any good dieting tips for preventing varicose veins? Or maybe you’ve got some varicose veins already that you’d like to part with. Either way, Dr. Gallagher and the team here atIsland Vein Specialists would love to hear from you!